I don't make that claim, but have always considered an atheist to be one that declares there is no God without evidence to back the statement. A theist declares there is a God without evidence, either.
An agnostic, on the other hand declares lack of sufficient knowledge to declare that there either is or isn't a God. (S)he may have strong leanings either way, but still cannot make a definitive statement.
As there IS no evidence these are the only possibilities; one cannot claim that either there is or isn't a God based on evidential facts.
That does not appear to be the modern definition, based on what I see in the forums.
I think some of the most amusing arguments I've seen are how to define an "agnostic." That's where, after all the really easy arguments are made about atheist vs theist, the real hissing and spitting comes out.
Gnosticism and agnosticism are claims to knowledge rather than belief. I stick to the latin origins of the prefix of the letter "A" so I define gnosticism as a claim of knowledge and agnosticism as a lack of knowledge.
I learned of God as a child, much as I learned about Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. I held onto my belief in God much longer than I did for the other two. As an adult, and having a strong background in science, I let go of my belief in God; mostly because of the vast contradictions I found in the Bible and among proclaimed Christians who preached one thing but acted out in other ways. I asked for answers, for years, and never received proper answers.
I don't know if there is a God, but if there is, as described in the Bible, as all loving and all powerful, it makes no sense to me that our world is so messed up. These are the type of contradictions that caused me to place my belief in God on the shelf next to Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny.
There is a stereotypical belief that atheists have evil in their hearts; that if we don't serve God, we must serve the devil. (I hear that a lot) We don't believe in the devil either. We are no different than anybody else, trying to make it through this life. The biggest difference between an atheist and a Christian is, (based on my own personal life) we take responsibility for our failures and successes. We do not blame an entity when things get hard or if we fail, and we do not give credit to an entity if we succeed. We are not evil, depressed individuals; in fact, we tend to have a deeper understanding of mankind, a more open view of the world, and the ability to accept diversity.
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